The discovery of the Russian spy network in the US indicates that the current Russian leadership is living in the past. To Moscow, the US is still an intelligence target, not a partner.
The alleged Russian spies lived unobtrusively among ordinary Americans, but US officials say their mission was to make influential contacts over time. Here's one account of a brush with a Russian spy, back in the cold-war days, that fits that pattern.
Online piracy took a hit from intellectual property rights authorities Wednesday, with the seizure of nine websites. Some offered illegal copies of the new Twilight movie, using the pitch 'watch 'Eclipse' online for free.'
Anna Chapman, called the femme fatale of a spy case with Cold War-style intrigue, is a self-styled entrepreneur who dabbled in real estate.
Russian spies posted seemingly innocuous photos on public websites that contained coded messages, marking the first confirmed use of this method for espionage purposes.
The accused Russian spies arrested this week used a combination of very advanced methods and equipment as well as old-style spycraft like the 'dead drop.'
Actually, there could be limited fallout from the Russian spies case, some international experts say. For the most part, however, the ball is in Russia's court now.
Robert Hanssen: A career counterintelligence agent who pursued Russian spies for the FBI, he spied for the Russians from 1985 to 2000, passing along thousands of documents and the names of at least two double agents.
Russian spies case is believed in Moscow to be a plot by US hawks to undermine the US-Russia relationship. It could also hurt Medvedev's chances of beating Putin, an ex-KGB agent, in 2012 elections.